Barcelona Ready to Splash £120m to Land Liverpool Attacker Philippe Coutinho

?La Liga giants Barcelona are ready to swoop in for Liverpool star man Philippe Coutinho, and have readied a bid of £120m, per Paul Joyce of ?The Times.

The Spanish side were dealt a major blow last week, losing prized asset Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.


Of course, the raking in of a £198m world-record fee will go a long way in softening the blow, and the club aren’t prepared to rest on their laurels.

Joyce writes that the Catalan side are looking to make the Brazilian midfielder the second most expensive player in the world, but the Reds are holding on firmly and do not want to sell at any price.

Coutinho, who only cost the Anfield outfit £8m when he arrived from Inter Milan in 2013, is very open to making the switch, but only if it can be done on amicable terms as he doesn’t wish to upset anyone at Liverpool.

Armed with a much bigger cheque book at the moment, though, Barca are reportedly aiming to test Liverpool’s resolve. They are understood to have made a bid of £72m last month, one that the Reds rebuffed in short order, but the lines of communication are thought to be still open.

While officials at the club aren’t encouraging discussions over Coutinho, their stance could change in the coming days as they are possibly still keen on bringing in Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, as well as Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.


To date, though, Liverpool are still believed to be unwilling to part ways with the crafty attacker. But only time can tell at this point.


Neymar’s Father Explains Decision to Let His Son to Leave Barcelona & Fires Shots at the Club

The father of new Paris Saint Germain signing Neymar Jr has fired shots at the Barcelona board – claiming that they are the reason behind him changing his mind to allow the 25-year-old to leave the Nou Camp.

The younger Neymar left Catalonia after PSG activated his £198m buyout clause, but the Spanish club refused to pay Neymar Sr a €26m loyalty bonus agreed upon in his son’s new deal last year – with many believing that this left a bad taste in the mouth of his father:


“I tried to convince my son to stay at Barcelona, but with the attitude of the board I changed my mind,” Neymar Sr. told COPE (via Marca)

“It was a difficult choice, you as a father put yourself in his place, when a son makes a choice, and what do you do, do I force him to stay?

“No, because he will throw it in my face and will say: ‘You did not let me go.’


“He plays football and I manage his career.”

According to the footballer’s dad, the winger made his decision to leave Barcelona on the way home from the club’s tour of China, and he added that Lionel Messi will always be the main man at the club.

The reason behind the Blaugrana’s refusal to pay the bonus is understood to be because the club do not feel the Brazilian deserves it, an inside source being quoted by Marca as saying:

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“Resentment is not good, now he must be angry at the retention of the renewal premium, but time will put everyone in their place”.


Barcelona President Blasts Neymar and PSG as He Insists the Brazilian Is ‘History’

Despite Neymar’s record transfer capturing the attention of the whole footballing world, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists the club will move forward, leaving the Brazilian winger in Barcelona’s past, according to AS.

Bartomeu, a Spanish entrepreneur, has criticised the way Neymar left Catalonia this summer. He took the time to compare the Brazilian to his former teammate Lionel Messi, insinuating that Neymar was disloyal to Barcelona: “[Messi] is an example of loyalty and we look for players like that, with loyalty.”

“Before [speaking about the future], we want to close off a chapter from the past,” Bartomeu said at the annual supporters’ club congress. “Neymar has formed part of our club, but he is now history. It’s his decision, despite the fact we did everything in our power for him to stay.

“We always acted responsibly and while we do not share his decision, we do respect it – although that’s not to say we don’t defend our own interests.

Everything has its limit and no player is above Barca. [Neymar’s] way of doing things was not the best. It wasn’t befitting a Barcelona player.”

The Barcelona president went on to discuss how the club would reinvest the €222m they received from Paris Saint-Germain.

“We anticipated that Neymar could leave and that’s why we increased his clause,” Bartomeu continued. “Whatever happened would have been good for Barca. If he stayed, we’d have been left with a great player and if he left we’d have got a great amount of money.

“With the money, we can now make signings, although we will administer the €222m with common sense. We will invest it in players and assets – it won’t all go on signings.

“We will bring in players. The first was [Nélson] Semedo, but of course, more will come. This year it won’t be about the trident [Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez], we will be talking about the team.”

Despite completing his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar was unable to make his debut for the Parisians when Amiens SC visited the Parc des Princes on Saturday. The Brazilian international was paraded around the stadium prior to kick-off and PSG comfortable claimed a 2-0 victory.


Ronaldinho Names Star Player Barcelona Must Sign as Neymar Replacement

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho, who just like Neymar has played for PSG and Barcelona, believes the player to replace him is Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

There are several hot prospects that Barcelona will be monitoring, including Ousmane Dembele, Paulo Dybala and Kyllian Mbappe, but Coutinho seems to be the name on everyone’s lips.

Goal reported Ronaldinho discussing the possibility of Liverpool’s little magician joining Barca: “There are only very few players in the world who can replace Neymar – and I have said I think Coutinho could play for them.”


But Ronaldinho was aware of Liverpool’s current stance on Coutinho, who have said the player is not for sale at any price: “He is at a level where he could fill the gap left by Neymar – But Liverpool will know his worth and after the fees of this summer it will cost Barcelona.”

The Merseyside club have already rejected a £72m bid for the 25-year-old from Barcelona and Jurgen Klopp himself reaffirmed the playmaker will not be leaving the club under any circumstances.

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Ronaldinho offered a word of advice to Neymar, having played for both clubs he said: “Barcelona is the bigger club historically but both teams are now at a level where they a competing for big trophies.”

In a heartfelt farewell message, Neymar explained his desire to move to PSG was to face new challenges and his move was against the wishes of his father. The Brazilian sensation was shown off to Parisians yesterday at the Parc des Princes as his lucrative £197m deal was completed.


Brazilian Club Santos Are Demanding Share of Profits From Neymar Sale

?Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer will go on to dominate the headlines for a few weeks still.

And in the latest bit, Brazilian publication Globoesporte (H/T ?Marca) are reporting that Neymar’s former club Santos are looking to get their share of the pie as well.

Barca raked in a whopping €222m on the sale of the Brazilian this month, leaving Santos eligible to receive 5% of the fee. But they are looking to snatch a further €4.5m for the non-completion of a certain clause in the deal which stipulated that two friendly matches should be played between the two sides.

Once of those matches was played out back in 2013, but the other has not. And Santos are reported as having forwarded a letter to the Catalan club regarding such. 

They are yet to receive a response, however.


According to Barca, they don’t owe Santos a development compensation fee as it’s only due in the event a transfer takes place. Their argument is that PSG gave Neymar the cash to buy himself out of his contract, leaving them free in that regard.

“Neymar became a free agent and then another team came and signed him,” is the notion around the Barca camp.


As for the second friendly which never took place, the club are said to be looking looking into it a bit further before making a decision.


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